Proposal would boost northern border economic development

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There’s a proposal in the U.S. House to create a commission geared toward boosting economic development along the nation’s northern border states.

Congressman John McHugh of northern New York says the Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007 is modeled after other successful regional economic development plans, including one created for Appalachia.

The new legislation includes plans for the formation of the Northern Border Economic Development Commission, to increase economic development in New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

McHugh says the goal is to access federal resources where economic development continues to be a problem.

The bill was approved last week by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The measure is awaiting a vote by the full House.

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